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The monster in the cupboard

Jawning Pandabear
19:00 | July 5, 2020

The demon in your cupboard

What we can learn from Monster Inc.

Hi beautiful soul, I got a beautiful new inspiration today. Hope you enjoy it!

Movies are packed with lessons for us to take from them. So I wanted to make this simpler for you. In this weeks story I am gonna break down what we can learn from the Disney movie Monster Inc. 

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There is a lot we can learn from art. Especially movies. It would be a waste if we wouldn’t use the knowledge that is hidden in movies. Especially Disney movies. Come on who doesn’t like Disney movies? As a kid you love them! I did at least. I almost watched a Disney movie every week. Especially the movie Ratatouille was one of my all-time favorites. As well as Robin Hood. Man, I have seen those movies about twenty times. That does say a lot because nowadays I only watch a movie once. Only if it is an extraordinary movie do I consider watching it twice. For your info that only happened on Robin William movies and Will Smith movies. The only movies I have seen multiple times throughout my life are Disney movies. I’ve started watching Disney movies again now I am older. The pacing might be a little slow and the jokes are cheesy but still, you go back to that nostalgia. Not only that but you start to see the deeper meaning behind those movies. 

It is incredible how makers and writers have woven in these deep meanings without the movie getting too serious. For kids, these movies are pure fun and for us, they can still be a lot of fun. More than fun, we can learn from them. With this series or topic, I want to dive deeper into books, because that is obvious. A large portion of the books is meant for knowledge and wisdom. Now movies and other forms of art on the other hand are mostly used for entertainment reasons. I just couldn’t help but wonder why we can’t learn from these too. So I want to start this new topic on what we can learn from art. Starting with this amazing movie, you have probably all seen as a kid.

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The Plot

Monster Inc. The movie. I do not want to go into depth on the storyline of the movie. That’s is the fun of watching it after all. So here is a short recap. Monster Inc. Is a company that fetches energy for the monster world through scaring kids and capturing their screams. The monsters in this factory are called ‘scarers’ and they are the base of this foundation without them the world would not have power. Now Mike and Sulley are the two hero’s we follow in this movie. Of course, a movie can’t be a movie without a problem. Now the problem is a kid that just isn’t scared. She loves hugging Sulley and thinks of him as a big fluffy blue-haired cat. Yup, she thinks that. She is a kid so forgive her. Sulley can not seem to make her scared. She grabs onto him and ends up in the monster world. They end up becoming friends after a lot of chaotic scenes that, as a kid, were quite stressful. As an adult, they aren’t. Or are they? Okay, I will not hide it, I felt a little tense when going through all these chaotic scenes. Maybe that is because I hate chaos. But anyways the kid ends up becoming friends with Mik and Sulley and shows them that making kids laugh produces way more energy than making them scream. Hmm okay, now I kinda told the complete plot so sorry for the spoilers. I still recommend you watch the movie. It’s just way to much fun to rewatch old movies and look at them from a different perspective. 

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Hug your monsters

Disney movies are always packed with deeper, hidden meanings. They are jam-packed with jokes and great storylines as well as a lot of chaos. As a kid, this is too much to take in so you filter out the deeper meaning after all you are a kid that only cares about moving objects on a screen that looks fluffy yet scary. As an adult, you can look at these movies and see a completely different dimension. The kid freaking hugs her monster!! Wait for what? I would never have hugged the monster underneath my bed or that was hidden within my closet? Would you? Now, this little girl in the movie is just straight up fearless and she goes straight to Sulley. Holding on to him and hugging him. She calls him a big furry cat. Now that is what I call some amazing mindset. Why?

Well, fear is a reoccurring thing throughout our lives. As really small kids we already experience fear. In our nightmares or the useful fear like not jumping out of a tree. This fear is completely useful because you don’t want to break your damn ankles. As we get older we are kinda told to fear more. Our moms and dads care so much for us that they want to protect us no matter what. That means they try to protect you from harm that has been done to them. So if you are failing in school they push you to go harder because they have heard or experienced what will happen if you don’t have a degree and end up in the gutter. Now that fear of not making enough to pay your clothes, food, and the house comes from their love for you. They simply want to protect you from harm. But as a small kid, you don’t have this fear. You don’t even understand what money means in this world. Let alone what a diploma is. That comes with the years. As you grow older your parents want to keep protecting you from potential harms. So you start to develop more fears. Fears of not monsters underneath your bed so to say. There are many examples of this. You probably thought of one already. For me, this is the fear of not succeeding with this brand. This isn’t born within my heart. No this is born from the world around me telling me to just pursue a nine to five job. There is nothing wrong with that. I am not here to tell you what right and what’s wrong. Just think of that fear.

That fear is represented by Sulley in the movie. It is the monster that hides within your wardrobe. He comes out once in a while to scare you. The kid on the other hand could be you. Now it could be you. It probably isn’t right now. If that is the kid stop reading you already made it and all I am gonna say next is a waste of time for you. Now that kid could be you. Fearless. Fearless of the monster Sulley is. She thinks he is cute. What better metaphor for loving your demons do you want to have. Okay so in grown-up language what does it mean. Sulley is your fear, and the kid is yours. Fearlessness. Sulley has grown larger and larger over the years because of many reasons. Parenting, the new, society in general, the school system, etc. All of these enlarge your fear of the world that is coming. Now the kid is your heart. The fearless heart. That doesn’t fear anything but rather always loves it. Your heart wants to run up to fear and hug it. Play hide and seek with it. But most of all want to become friends with it so they can come to a better solution. 

You see Sulley in the movie is at first a monster. The kid is fearless so she goes and hugs him. They end up chasing one another and after a lot of breakdowns and stress they end up discovering a solution to their problem. The world requires a lot of power and the power company is struggling to keep up with that demand. Now the kid and Sulley together discover that when Sulley, instead of making the kid scared, makes her laugh, the energy levels are way higher. This means that both the monsters and the kids are happy. That is what I call a great happily ever after. 

Your, happy ever after

You probably think, well this is a Disney movie, everything is possible within that. Yes to a certain degree. Of course, we can’t hug our demons and monsters. We can’t get the energy of scream. At least I hope not because that would be awful. Yet we can learn that loving your monsters just like that little girl in the movies helps us get to a solution. Leading us to a better life. Now think about that. Think about how you can make friends and love your fear. Wouldn’t that be a great life? Wouldn’t you live happily ever after just like in all those Disney movies?

I hope you liked this and learned a new perspective on the world. I would love to help more people by improving themselves and providing them with new perspectives. Now you can help me with that. If you like this and want to share it for me that would mean a lot to me. As well as subscribe to the email list or follow me on Instagram. For now thanks so much for reading or listening. Hope you like it. Don’t forget to grow and experience more of life. Remember that Today You Live!

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Grab a chair and sit

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19:00 | June 28, 2020

Grab a chair and sit

A new way on how to understanding and controlling emotions

Hi beautiful soul, I got a beautiful new inspiration today. Hope you enjoy it!

Emotions are weird things. They trick us into doing things we don’t want. As well as make us scared or angry. Yet they are part of this human experience and there is something we can learn from them. Controlling emotions might be something you want to learn, but I can tell you controlling them won’t solve anything. It will only make things worse. You don’t want to cage a wild monkey. The chair method is one that might just help you understand your emotions better. It is simple and easy to understand.

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Your emotions are weird things. Almost like little rascals running around wild in your head. My favorite analogy is with our closest relatives, the monkeys. Monkeys are wild, obnoxious, loud, and all over the place. They scream at one another then suddenly decide to climb up a tree and swing on some branch. Then go down again and smack their rival in the face. After which a fight starts and more loud noises are produced and chaos is everywhere. Still, I’ve always loved monkeys. They are weird, unpredictable, funny, and act the same as we do in a lot of ways. 

A few weeks back I was at the zoo. On my own, with my camera to take some photos of animals. I just love to photograph animals, it makes me relax and slow down to their speed. Now the monkeys are always interesting to watch and I am not the only one thinking that. There is a crowd leaning on the fence almost all the time. Watching them, laughing when they do silly things and trying to get their kids to stop crying. These animals are always interesting to watch, because they aren’t that lazy as let’s say, the lions. These are hunting animals who rest a lot of the day and then only ones or twice a day go out and hunt. In the zoo they can’t of course so, they are resting almost the entire day. Now the monkeys move throughout the entire day. There is always something to see. Always something to do or try. That is why I think they are the perfect symbolism for our emotions. 

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The obnoxious monkey

Your brain is just like a monkey. It’s not something new, a lot of people have heard this analogy. Yet never understood how they could use it. Controlling your emotions is something we like. We would love to take control of our emotions just so we can be productive and energetic at work, feel the love with our partner, happiness with friends, and pumped when exercising. Yet a lot of the time the coin ends up on the other side. Making us stressed at work, therefore annoyed with our partner, unpleasant with friends and too lazy to exercise. So we seek a way to control our emotions so the coin always falls on the right side. 

We suppress them and try to tell ourselves that we should be happy. Confirmation in front of the mirror, awkward smiling, and addictive behaviors are just a few of the things we do to change how we feel. We all want to live a happier life after all. The key here is with the monkeys. Yes, we can learn from our ancestors. No, we shouldn’t run around like crazy, swinging on branches and smacking one another in the face to show our strength. No, we can learn from them by understanding their behavior and seeing the link with our minds. Monkeys don’t care. They run around all the time and are all over the place. Except when they sleep or are fed. Then they are perfectly relaxed, peeling their fruits, eating nuts or plants. They are fully focused on the food because they have to focus on how to get to the food first. They need to peel off the banana peel. Open up the nuts or find a way to get ants out of an ant hole. 

Your emotions are just like these monkeys. All over the place, loud, obnoxious, and in your face. If something triggers them they smack you in the face to let you know they are there. Then a few minutes later it is occupied with food. Another moment you feel in love with someone. Which is quickly followed by pain because she or he declined your invitation to a diner. So the cycle goes on. One after the other emotion arises throughout the day, week, month, year, and eventually your entire life. You can’t get rid of them. Just the same as we should not get rid of all monkeys on the planet. That would, one: be crude, and two: be disastrous for the environments they live in. If you put it this way, it suddenly isn’t all that hard to understand why we can’t control or get rid of our emotions. Isn’t it? Just a simple comparison between monkeys and your emotions can do wonders. That’s also a part of the brain, understanding things. The only way a human brain can make sense of things is through comparison to what it already knows. Monkeys work the same way. The copy one another to learn new skills or behavior. So could you. 

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Grab a chair and sit down

Even though you might now understand how your emotions work, you still don’t understand how to work with them. It still is uncomfortable to have a lack of energy when you have to work or feel angry with your loved one. After all, you don’t want to be angry with them. It is just something that happened and you can’t control that. The first thing to understand is that by grabbing a monkey and forcefully holding it will only make the monkey go wilder. We have all seen the videos of monkeys in small cages banging the bars or running around. That’s something we should try to avoid. To not put our emotions into cages. Trying to hold them in. If you put a monkey in a cage to calm them down, they will only scream louder. Your emotions work the same way. By putting them in a cage, so you can control them, you only make the problem worse. They start to get louder and in the end, they will burst out or brake the cage. Now what? You are overwhelmed and by that, you feel horrible. 

That’s why I want to give you some advice on this. Grab a chair. One that is large enough for your monkey to sit on. Of course, this is figurative. There is no need to grab a real chair if there ain’t a real monkey in your house. The chair is meant for your monkey mind. For your emotions running everywhere. It will help to get your emotions in ‘control’. Now place that chair somewhere in your head where you think it looks nice and stylish. Allow your emotions, as they arise, to sit on it. Once they sit down let them sit for as long as they like. As well as let them leave the moment they want to leave. Just as allowing them to come when they want to come. Just keep in mind that you can just handle one at a time. After all, there is one chair to sit on. After a while, the emotions get used to this. Sitting there and just being. They don’t need to run around anymore to get your attention. They start to quiet down, slow down, and feel loved and recognized. That is all you have to do if you want to control your emotions. 

Controlling your emotions isn’t about deciding when you want to feel something. It is about allowing the emotions that arise to just be there. To not have to scream for your attention. You’ll see that emotions like anger, sadness, or fear will leave quite soon. All they needed is someone to give them attention. Someone that allowed them to be themselves. You wouldn’t like to be ignored or forced to change just because someone doesn’t like you right? So don’t do the same to your emotions. It’s sad for them. They just want to warn you or express their worries about you. Then you can just tell them it is all okay and keep going. You will see that happiness will enter the room and sit on the chair instead. That doesn’t mean the others will never come back. They just don’t stay that long. 

Pushing out anger

Now for the real-life stuff, what does that mean? Okay for example you get angry with someone. Instead of trying to control your anger and push it away, allow it to be there with you. No that doesn’t mean you should hit the other, again like the monkey smacks the other in the face. No, it just means allowing the anger to be there. The hardest part here is to not act upon the anger. Your best option is to simply tell the other you are angry and that you need some time to process it. That’s all. Than anger feels heard and after a while, it leaves. It will only stay a while if it has already been pushed away many times. Because then the anger nestled within you, rooting itself as firm as possible. Hoping to get some attention. Yet you never gave it to him and pushed him away. Sad anger. He only wanted to be heard.

Two emotions one chair

Just one more example. You feel distracted and unfocused. Yet you have a deadline in the upcoming week. Whether that is for school or work doesn’t matter. There is a deadline just around the corner. Now that deadline kinda scares you and makes you feel fearful. That is the first emotion to allow in. Allow it to sit on the chair and give it some attention. Just before letting in distraction. You see what I normally did with these cases was both let in fear and distraction at the very same time. Only there was just one chair so they were fighting over it. So my emotions would go from fear for the deadline to unfocused because I felt fear, to fear again, and so on. Allowing two emotions in your brain at the same time can become stressful. Yet it sometimes happens and that is just the way life is. I want you to understand that all I just said is something that won’t be perfect. It never will. You will not always be so focused on the chair method. You at times forget it and push some emotions away or allow multiple to come in at ones. That’s just fine. Don’t blame yourself for it, because blame is an emotion as well. Just start over. Grab the chair and make your emotions sit down again. There is no one golden ticket to this. It needs practice and understanding that you can’t be perfect. Just remember that you are doing fine, that you are doing your best to make all your emotions feel loved. That you are doing your best to control them. 

So next time you realize two emotions are in at the same time. Ask one to just wait outside for a minute. Then focus on one emotion and when that emotion is fulfilled and leaves. You can let in the other one. If you feel distracted and fearful at the same time. First, allow fear to sit on the chair. Let is speak and comfort it. Then let distraction come into the room. It will see that the thing that made him come in the first place, which was fear, has left. So there is no need for him to be there and he almost instantly leaves. Then you are left with yourself and you can focus on your deadline again. 

These things take some time. Some emotions take longer to leave and that is all completely fine. It’s more about understanding these emotions and comforting them instead of trying to go through them as quickly as possible. After all, emotions are what make us human. That connects us and they are here for us to learn from. 

If you liked hearing about emotions, it is something I am really into you should for sure keep on eye on the blog. I will be sharing more about emotions as long as I keep writing. You can keep up with the blog by either subscribing to the email list, which automatically gives you a free gratitude calendar or you can follow me over on Instagram or Pinterest. I’ll let you know when a new post is up over there. I want to thank you for reading or listening and if you love it feel free to share it with others. For now, thank you don’t forget to grow and experience life. Remember that Today You Lived!

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How to get out of a creative block

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19:00 | June 14, 2020

The blank canvas is your worst enemy

How to get out of a creative block

Hi beautiful soul, I got a beautiful new inspiration today. Hope you enjoy it!

As a creator you will face creative blocks. It’s completely normal, but how can you get out of it? Well there is just one simple solution. Read it in this story. 

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Yet again nothing comes out. Really. Nothing. A blank canvas is your worst enemy. It daunts you and tears you apart. For the last two weeks, this blank canvas has been scaring me. It has bullied me and made me feel like shit. Yes, a blank canvas can do that to you. Especially this week. I am at the beginning of writing a book. I’ve written three chapters so far, yet the forth is killing me. It is that hurdle on the road you can’t get over. At the same time, your ego is laughing at you. It feels a bit like a hurdle runner that stops midway, right in front of a hurdle. Looking at it and not knowing what to do. Even when it already ran half the race. He already crossed three other hurdles. The crowd is confused and out of that confusion, it starts to laugh at him. That crowd, that’s the ego. That ego is necessary to win the race because it cheers you on when you feel great. Yet if you feel absolutely shit, it laughs at you. Boo’s you and makes you feel even less than you first felt. The runner is all of us trying to finish something. Trying to get something done. There are no exceptions to this because we will all face hurdles in our crafts. Whether you are a smith, an accountant, or a painter. None of these are excluded. 

It does happen more often with creative jobs. The ones that work for themselves and need to come up with new ideas themselves. Why is it this way? Why do you come across more hurdles as you do it yourself? That isn’t that hard. Go back to that hurdle runner. If he were to run for his financing nine to five jobs the hurdles he takes will be the same every time. His work is the same almost every day. At least most of it. That doesn’t make him any less than the creatives. Far from actually. These people have come to understand the power of habit. At first, their hurdles feel rough. That’s the initial setup but as they come to know the height of every hurdle they will continue to be the same over and over again. Now you might start to hate the job and therefore the hurdles become harder again. That is just the way for everyone. Hurdles can be easy but if your mind starts to change and think of them as bad or negative they will become that way. That’s why at times the hurdles you before found easy to jump over are now making you crawl underneath them because you fail to jump over them. 

Artists on the other hand mostly work when they are inspired or motivated. So their hurdles change with each moment. When they feel inspired or motivated their hurdles are small and they can easily step over them. The biggest bullshit of it all is that they even blame motivation and inspiration when they can’t create anything at all. If they are not motivated or inspired, well it is really easy for them to blame the hurdle for being too big. Yet it didn’t change in size. It is just the same as always. Only the running up to the jump has changed. That’s the difference between these two groups. The first runner has a continues speed. He jumps one after the other hurdle. The second runner is dependent on motivation and inspiration to jump the hurdle. That’s why if the motivation lacks his speed will decrease and eventually stumble over the hurdle instead of jumping over it clean and easy. I think blaming motivation and inspiration for that is pure bullshit. Yes, I’ve just said that and probably made a lot of people mad by it. Now I speak of experience, to be precise I’ve blamed motivation and inspiration when I was writing this very story. It is such an easy way to give yourself an excuse to not start creating. 

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Feeling shit tells you something

Doing something creative isn’t necessarily hard. It is part of us humans. We have been made creative, so we can come up with solutions for the problems we created. It’s a continuous cycle that keeps us busy. For an artist, one of those problems is that they do create out of motivation and inspiration. It is just the way creativity works. Creativity starts from a spark in the brain. Something outside us that triggers us. Whether this is something born from passion, emotion or a problem doesn’t matter. Everyone has their way of creativity. Mine is creativity coming from emotion and problems. I just love solving problems and dealing with emotions. For a friend of mine, this is more born from passion. Creating music because he loves it. The main reason is that creating starts with something inside ourselves that meats the outside world. From there on motivation and inspiration are created. Then it is easy to create. So for beginner artists who just do it for their hobby, it is easy. It feels like they have mastered creativity. That is because they do it whenever they feel motivated. For the more advanced artist, this starts to be a lot more difficult. His intentions have shifted from just creating whenever they feel like, too creating to make a living. Which means you kinda need to become like the nine to five guy working behind his desk. There must be consistency so you can make a consistent living doing what you love. 

That doesn’t mean you should work every day from nine to five, or more. Most of us started doing this because they wanted to feel free in some sort of way. With that freedom comes making choices. These choices are a lot narrower now. You can not choose to work less and still buy a lot. Nor can you choose to buy a lot and at the same time have more free time. That only works for a few people who first started working a lot and made a name in their business and then got paid so much that they didn’t need to work as hard. So being a free creative put you in a position that forces you to make choices. It isn’t that free after all. It all comes down to how you make money so you can keep on living the life you love. That means consistently creating. Creating a painting every week or writing a new book every year. Those are choices you have to make. You can’t just postpone the book for years and expect people to generously donate you some money for postponing it. That would be a lovely life, and I would be a master at postponing my book then. If that would make me money. 

This isn’t reality though, it is a bit more complicated. If you want to make money consistently that means being creative consistently which means being motivated consistently. But being motivated was something we couldn’t force right? It comes whenever it wants. When something on the inside meats something on the outside creating a spark in the brain. Well, there is nothing more bullshit than that. Being creative in that way is just the same as a nine to five job. You need to be consistent with creating. And that does mean consistently feeling shit. I am sorry to disappoint you with that. But feeling shit is part of being creative as well. Maybe even with being human. If you want to create, that does mean that there must be times where you don’t create. Not as in free time where you play video games, no rather times where you do the opposite of creating and you break down. Moments where that blank canvas is your worst enemy. This feels shit. It terrifies you, so you just don’t create when you aren’t inspired or motivated. You place it in a big bag and tie it. Which you place in a big metal box locked with heavy chain locks. Then you place that box in the cupboard and lock it. So you don’t have to be terrified of it getting out. In the end, it will Houdini its way out of that bag, box and cupboard so it can terrify you ones again. Trust me. You just can’t be motivated all the time, and that is something to be incredibly proud of. 

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Why you can be proud of not being motivated!?

You should be really. From that shitty place, you are in, comes the best of ideas. Really it helps you. This Friday as I sat down to write the initial story for today I felt absolutely shit. No concentration, no motivation, nor inspiration. So I opened my list of ideas and just choose one. That didn’t work out. It felt unnatural and the words felt cliche and overall bad. So I stopped and continued to write on my book. Yet again, that didn’t work out. It just didn’t feel right. So I started to edit some images. Again, yes you guessed it, that didn’t work out either. I felt stuck, and I hadn’t felt that in a long time. My mind felt full of thoughts like there was a thick liquid slowly swallowing it. That was it, a writer’s block and a creative block all at ones. Nothing seemed to work out. Yet I set myself on this goal to post every Sunday and it is finally working out again. So I had to write something. I forced myself through it and continued to write a story. Luckily you don’t have to read it because it is, horrible as fuck. So I decided to quit and let the demotivation take over. I gave in. No that is not the same as giving up, that is completely different. Giving in is going with the flow so you can get out of it. That is the same as running a bad race as a hurdle runner just so you can learn to run better next time. If I would have given up, I would be the hurdle runner who stopped and left the race court. A creative block is nothing more than you resisting to give in. As I was experiencing this creative block I started to google how to get rid of it. 

As every young teenager does, googling all of their problems on YouTube. So I came across a lot of videos that told me how to get rid of it. Writing, journaling, even sitting in front of your screen for as long as you need to until you write one good sentence. That was one of the worst ways of doing it. That was just using brutal force to get to the result. Man, I was astonished by how many different ways of getting rid of that creative block were there. I realized that I had done a lot of these and none of them worked. So I tried something new. Something that felt counter-intuitive and that would only bring me a worse result. 

Doing nothing. Yes, you are right, doing nothing. That doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. It just ain’t there. I always want to be doing something for a purpose. I don’t just play video games, no I play them because they bring me joy. I write because I feel good doing it, it brings me joy and fulfillment. Doing nothing feels like a complete waste of time. Especially, because I don’t know what it will bring. But this was a moment of pure bliss. Really! I just sat down on the hot, black, bouncy trampoline. Feeling the sun on my skin and watching the clouds move by. Forming new shapes every time I looked at them, some even morphing together. For just a few minutes I didn’t think of anything. Not even about my creative block. It felt like nothing was wrong. Like I would just get up after doing it and continue writing again. Of course, it wasn’t that perfect. The stress of not knowing anything to create was still within my body and I could feel it tens up my jaws and limbs. Yet I accepted it fully. Not seeing it as something bad, but rather something to be proud of. It made me feel human. Right at that moment, inspiration struck me again, and within like an hour I wrote this entire story. That’s how powerful motivation and inspiration is. You just need some time doing nothing.

What a simple solution isn’t it? Well, that is what I am all about. I don’t want to bore you with real time-consuming solutions or things that will take you half your day to get out of this rut. I want you to do something and feel results without really forcing them. I am all about that simple way of living. So I could highly recommend you just do freaking nothing. I know that is shit because it feels like you are losing time. But really how many options do you have? Look at a blank screen for a long time, thinking of why you can’t come up with anything, or doing nothing and enjoying it then let inspiration hit you in that boredom. Cause really that doing nothing eventually makes you feel bored quicker than expected. For some that might be two minutes, for another an hour. Still, as an artist that wants to make a living off his craft, you should know the power of doing nothing and making a habit out of it. Don’t blame the motivation for not being there. Blame yourself for not giving the motivation time to arise. So sit back a bit. Relax, do nothing, and well let the motivation and inspiration come to you as you are creating figures in the clouds. 

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How can you do this?

Find a spot where you can just sit or lay down. Like your room, outside in the grass, or like me on a trampoline. Try to find something to focus on. The clouds, a light, a candle, maybe just your wall. Try to keep your eyes fixed on it. Then just stay there doing nothing until you feel bored. You know you are bored when it starts to feel awkward. You want to move, grab your phone and do something. Resist that. Resist the temptation of doing anything and simply sit. Then, trust me after a few minutes your mind starts to wander. Allow it to do that. This ain’t a meditation. This is a way to get creative and feel inspired again. When your mind starts to wander you can start to look around, maybe even walk a bit. Just don’t grab your phone, talk to someone, or do something that takes you out of your mind. After some time, depending on your personality, you will come up with an idea. Bam that’s it, you got it! Great job! Now go and create right away. Don’t let that initial spark die out, grab it, and hold on to it. Because you felt like you were wasting your time you now have an insane drive to work. So you will probably finish your creative process quicker than you would normally, you are just straight fire. Feeling fired up and jamming away on your craft. 

That sounds doable, right? It ain’t that hard, just try it. It is a really counterintuitive way but worth the try. Let me know if it worked for you!

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Today I lived is a three word quote that reminds me and you to live. To enjoy this life and look for the sunshine in your day! Cause “beauty is everywhere”